CMPD: Shots fired while officers respond to party in east Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is looking for a suspect accused of shooting multiple times while officers were at a call in east Charlotte.

Police said they were called just after 2 a.m. Saturday to Arnold Drive near its intersection with Eastway Drive. They said the call was for a large party where multiple people were reported to have guns.

CMPD Maj. J.D. Thomas said once officers arrived on scene, cars started speeding away. Thomas saw someone inside a stopped vehicle got out and started shooting.

That’s when one of the officers, who perceived the shooting to be a deadly threat to themselves and/or the public, shot at that vehicle, Thomas said. The car took off as well, investigators said.

No one was hurt in the incident.

CMPD is now searching for a four-door silver sedan with a sunroof as a “vehicle of interest” in the case. Thomas said it’s too early in the investigation to know exactly what happened, so they don’t know yet what led up to the shooting or who the suspect might be.

“We are very fortunate that no one was struck by this reckless, dangerous shooting that these suspects did,” Thomas said.

At least 30 people were at the party when the gunfire happened, Thomas said.

Police asked anyone with information to contact them.

This is a developing story; check back at wsoctv.com for updates.

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Shakira Warren, wsoctv.com

Shakira is a content center producer and coordinator for Channel 9.

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